Huell Howser meets fans in Los Angeles in 2010. Photo by Hane C. Lee/Flickr.
Huell Howser meets fans in Los Angeles in 2010. Photo by Hane C. Lee/Flickr.

Generally, Californians reacted in one of two ways to Monday’s announcement that Huell Howser had died. Many Golden State natives and longtime residents were saddened  by the void it leaves in California pop culture.

Then there was this reaction: “Who’s Huell Howser?”

Well, Howser was a California television legend. For about 20 years he traveled the state with his handheld microphone to shed light on the places we might visit on day trips or family vacations. Howser bathed in the glow of the 100-plus-year-old lightbulb in Livermore, searched for the “Tree Circus” near Gilroy and reminisced with chicken farmers in Petaluma. A native of Tennessee, he bubbled over with excitement at that which we might consider mundane; Howser is remembered for exclamations like “This is AMAZING!”

His enthusiastic interviews and profiles aired on programs like “California’s Gold,” which you can still watch in reruns on public television and online. Howser retired from television late last year.

We’ve put together three YouTube playlists for those who aren’t familiar with Howser as well as those who will remember him fondly for his pride in California. The first playlist provides a good introduction to his work, and it features video of two of his visits to the Bay Area. The second includes three of the most popular Howser videos on YouTube. The third playlist has four videos suggested by commenters on our post Monday about Howser’s death.

Enjoy.

HUELL HOWSER VISITS THE BAY AREA

POPULAR VIDEOS OF HUELL HOWSER ON YOUTUBE

HUELL HOWSER FAN FAVORITES

  • loraleejane

    Huell will be sorely missed. He was a remarkable and kind person. May he rest in peace. I would like to think his next series will be called “Heavenly Gold”

  • donna

    This is amazing! Thank you for making this. I met Huell once and I will never forget him. May he rest in peace!

  • http://www.facebook.com/connie.bowmangriffin Connie Bowman Griffin

    Well done. Thank you very much!

  • ana

    Mr.Huell Howser.Thanks !!!!! California and we will miss you.You wiil never be forgotten!!!!.ANA.

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